Thursday, July 22, 2010

Friday Finds

Filth Wizardry has again shared a super awesome idea. Actually three super awesome ideas, all to do with literacy and working with duplo blocks. So smart! I will be scouring garage sales for some more duplo blocks I can make some of these with. Go check it out!

Water noodle lacing over at My Little Gems. I am really wishing I would have grabbed some more pool noodles when they were on clearance at the Target dollar section. I think my kiddos would really enjoy this and Aidan has really been loving making patterns lately.

Pepper and dish soap experiment -This is over at Muffin Tin Mom. I have never done this before but I am just sure Aidan is going to think it is the coolest thing ever!

Super cute baby hat - I saw it through U create and will have to try to make one - so adorable!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

52 Week Challenge

Week 28 of 52

Forever In Blue Jeans

Oh my little Livi. She all of a sudden does not seem like a little baby anymore. She is like a tiny little girl. She walks, she babbles, she giggles. She most definitely shares her opinion on things and is very feisty. Her first word - No (complete with head shake to go with it). Seriously, did her first word have to be "no". Oh well. She is silly and playful and learning new things every day it seems.

Oh little Olivia, stay little just a little bit longer for mommy. :)

I had to throw this one in here too because it just cracks me up. This was her attacking me right before we took our self portrait together. :)

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tile Print Painting

Have you ever read the blog Let the Children Play? It is written by Jenny, an early childhood teacher at a progressive preschool in Australia. I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything she shares. I especially love her posts about their outdoor play. They provide all kinds of loose parts for the children and it is amazing to see what their little imaginations can dream up. Their latest addition to their outdoor play space, a big pile of dirt. LOVE IT! My son would be in heaven. I keep thinking of a story my supervisor would share about a parent who asked if we could use just "clean dirt" on our playground. Are you kidding me? What on earth is "clean dirt"? Children should be in play clothes and they should be allowed to explore and learn and experience and imagine. And not worry about their clothes getting dirty. That is part of what I find so refreshing about this blog when I look at the pictures.

The project that I was inspired to do today was originally posted on Let the Children Play in February, but highlighted again this week. Off to Menards we went to find a nice big, cheap tile we could use. We got these 12x12 tiles for 77 cents a piece. I put some paint in cups and they painted the tiles. Aidan and Olivia really liked it, Ella, wasn't as into it today for some reason.

I knew I could count on Aidan to cover his whole tile with paint.

Then we used q-tips to write names or draw or whatever we wanted to do. Aidan chose to write his name.

When they were satisfied with the paint on their tile we put a piece of paper on top and pressed down lightly. Lifted the paper up and had a lovely print.



My kids didn't get as into it as I thought they would, but I think it was partially because we did it outside and it was very humid here today. I am definitely trying this again. Next time I will be adding different items (cups, toothpicks, etc.) that they could use to draw/experiment with.

And please go check out Let the Children Play. You will be so happy you did!
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Some fun books to get them moving

I love to go to garage sales. You never know what kind of treasures you will find. I am usually zoned in on children's clothing, books, puzzles, or toys. I LOVE finding items that are so gently used you can barely tell, and for only a fraction of the price their original owners paid! LOVE IT!

Anyway, last week we found this little gem at a garage sale:



It really is just the song with a bunch of added things to do if you are happy and you know it - jungle style! So simple, but so cute and my kids LOVED it!

Which got me to thinking about other books that we love that also get the kids up and moving:



From Head to Toe by Eric Carle




Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryon Cauley

Okay, now here is where my mind has gone blank. I thought for sure there was a fourth book I wanted to share with you. But I have been thinking about it for the past 24 hours and cannot come up with it, so I give up. I will just share these three and then ask YOU what your favorite book that gets your kids up and moving is. :) Can't wait to hear your favorites! We love to check out new books.



Landing on the lilypads



I feel like a fraud as I was typing the title to this post, because we didn't actually call them lily pads yesterday while we were playing. But when I went to type the title, that is what came into my head. And now the next time we do this activity I am going to have them use the little plastic frogs I got at Target dollar section awhile ago!

Anyway, we have these little blocks that are supposed to be water toys. So I had them out and we were playing with them yesterday. Then I remembered we had a bunch of frisbees in the garage and it might be fun to see if we could get them to land on the frisbees. It was very fun, but not easy. The frisbees of course move and float around in the water, hard targets to hit. But all that really mattered was that it was new and different and got our bodies moving and working. Practicing throwing skills, getting wet, laughing, thinking, splashing!
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Friday Finds

Some fun things to share this week!

"Uncrustables" and Homemade Croutons - I need to get one of those gadgets and we had just been talking about trying to make our own croutons.

How to Build a Cardboard Castle and other things - This just looks cool. I bet Aidan and daddy could have a lot of fun with these!

Car Seat Cooler - Um, can you say GENIUS! Now to learn to sew.

Doll House - I soooo wish I had seen this before I bought all the furniture for Ella's dollhouse I made. I love her creativity!

Handmade paint brushes - we will definitely be trying these out very soon!

Baby shower gift idea - such a sweet idea!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Splashing in the rain

Have you ever let your kids dance in the rain? Or splash in the puddles afterwards? If not - shame on you! We had a nice little rain yesterday, and though we didn't make it out in time to dance in the rain, we sure ran out to splash in the puddles!

One of the bad things about a new neighborhood (besides lack of mature shade trees) is that the sidewalks are too good. :) No puddles on the sidewalks. Of course excellent sidewalks are wonderful for walks and bike riding and everything. But after a rain, you need some puddles to stomp in! We had to settle for the water running down the road at the end of our driveway. They didn't seem to mind, and since we live on a cul de sac, there was no traffic. The girls preferred going barefoot.

They also loved drawing with their chalk. It was so pretty on the wet driveway. And when it started sprinkling again, Livi was lucky to have a big brother to help her out with the umbrella. :)

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